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How to Make Breakfast a Priority on a Busy Morning

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School has started. The first, exciting, days have passed, and the bloom is off the rose. No one wakes up early, no one bounces out of bed, ready to greet the day with a smile, delighted to get to school. Instead, your mornings probably look more like mine - begging people to get up, threatening and scolding and wondering how in the world you might be able to motivate those kids to get out of bed, already.

A good breakfast would do it. A delicious, hot and filling breakfast would be enough to get them to the table, you think. After all, if someone made a warm and yummy breakfast for you, it'd be enough to power you to the table, no matter the hour. There's just one obstacle standing in your way - how can you find the time to make a yummy breakfast so early in the morning, when you might be barely awake yourself?

Prepare ahead of time. The afternoon before, the weekend - find a time that works for you and prepare your way to a hassle free weekday breakfast. Prep fruit - wash, slice and create fruit cups from assorted fruits that your children like. Separate a large tub of yogurt into smaller cups. Make an assortment of muffins in paper liners and bag them up. In the morning, pop a muffin into the microwave, wrapped in a paper towel, and reheat briefly.  The kids can grab a muffin and a smoothie and be out of the house in seconds - especially handy for the high schoolers who have a tendency to sleep until the very last minute.

I ran into a problem with my make ahead muffin strategy this weekend, though, and thought I'd share it with you. I made a large amount of batter, in order to make fruit muffins - I'd portion it out into the muffin cups and add either diced strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or diced peaches into each cup. I had also made my signature cheddar-sausage batter. My problem surfaced when I was ready to begin the third pan - I had run out of paper muffin liners. Using fruit in a muffin sometimes means that the muffin will stick to an unlined pan, and I didn't want to stop my muffin assembly line. So I looked around the kitchen for something to line my pans with, and I spotted my trusty parchment paper. I cut circles of paper, placed them over the muffin cups, and poured the batter in. When I did so, the edges of the paper folded up and the cup was beautifully lined.

After baking, I flipped the muffins out, and realized that the extra paper was perfect to completely cover the muffin - thereby wrapping it against the air and ensuring freshness. It was the perfect aha! moment and allowed me to see that running out of muffin cup papers didn't mean that I wasn't able to create a great breakfast for the family.

What are your favorite types of muffins to serve for breakfast - or any time of the day?


by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Pumpkin, banana nut and chocolate chip.

by New Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I LOVE apple spice (available on in fall at our local dunkins.)

KIDS like Chocolate Chip (12 yr old), Blueberry (8&9 year olds) and Bannan nut( 6 year old).

I always keep cereal and pop tarts on hand for mornings we are "late" :)  

by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I don't usually do muffins for breakfast. My son's favorites are Greek yogurt with omega swirl flax oil or a egg and cheese burrito.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Banana nut muffins and blueberry muffins are my favorites.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I like blueberry muffins.

by on Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Blueberry muffins are usually what we have when we have them

by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Banana nut are my favorite
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by Mandee on Sep. 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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This banana recipe I have been doing for years with little kids. Kids as young as 2 & 3 can even help with this one. We love to make them on the weekend to have for breakfast for the week! 

You Need:

3 large ripe bananas

1 cup sugar

1 egg

4tbs butter (melted & cooled)

1 tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups flour

2 large bowls

muffin tins or loaf pan

To Make:

1. Preheat the oven to 325F

2. lighty grease pan (or use muffin cups)

3. In 1 bowl mash up the bananas (kids LOVE doing this part. Also don't worry if they leave big chunks, if u like banana its super yummy) and then beat in the sugar,egg & butter.

4. In the other bowl mix up the dry ingredients together.

5. Add the dry to the wet & mix well.

6. Bake 55 to 60 mins for loaf and 25-35 mins for muffins.

by Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

 I love blueberry muffins and we can eat them all day long.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I love the apple muffins but actually I love any muffins, lol!

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